Breaches and Hacks Archive

Facebook facing investigation and fine of up to $1.6 billion over data breach

On Tuesday, 25 September, Facebook discovered a major data breach that gave criminal hackers the ability to take over user accounts.   50 million Facebook users worldwide may be impacted by the breach, including about 5 million European accounts.  The Irish …

PCI DSS: The importance of penetration testing

Often, organisations rely on vulnerability scans to identify their weaknesses. They are told that vulnerability scanning is as good as penetration testing and that it will be enough to meet the compliance requirements of the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry …

Facebook data breach: what you need to know

On the afternoon of Friday, 28 September, Facebook announced that 50 million Facebook accounts had been breached.   What happened?  Facebook’s Vice President of Product Management, Guy Rosen, announced that the security breach affected 50 million users.   It is believed the …